The Rockies announced that outfielder Raimel Tapia has been placed on the 10-day injured list because of a strained right big toe. To fill Tapia’s roster spot, Colorado selected the contract of utilityman Taylor Motter from Triple-A.
Tapia missed a couple of games due to his toe injury last week, and he re-aggravated the injury on Sunday, leading to a quick exit from that contest. The IL stint cuts short a nice little hot streak for Tapia, who had an .893 OPS over his last 42 plate appearances.
For the season as a whole, Tapia is hitting .288/.339/.386 over 432 PA. It’s below-average production (83 wRC+, 87 OPS+) considering Tapia’s lack of power, especially considering he plays his home games at Coors Field. Like most Rockies hitters this season, Tapia has big home/away splits, with an .824 OPS at Coors and only a .619 OPS on the road.
While the batting is still something of a work in progress, there is still a lot to like about Tapia’s season. He has been worth 1.2 fWAR thanks in large part to outstanding baserunning (19 steals in 23 attempts) and defense as Colorado’s regular left fielder. Among all qualified players at any position in baseball, Tapia ranks third in UZR/150 (+11.4) and tied for 14th in Defensive Runs Saved (+7).
Motter signed a minor league deal with the Rockies back in March, and he is now in position to appear in his first MLB game since 2018. Motter hit .191/.263/.312 over 411 PA with the Rays, Mariners, and Twins from 2016-18, and he has since had stints in the minors with the Athletics and Tigers, as well as some action for independent teams and the Kiwoom Heroes of the Korean Baseball Organization.